"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Moving Day

Okay, folks. Time to trim the workload around here.  Yours truly is moving on.  To a new job in a new industry and I can't keep two blogs rolling.  So, if you're finding us via wb42.blogspot.com, delete that bookmark and move on up to the new site or drop in via www.dougkrile.com..


I'm getting out of the media business, and into something completely different.  It's an exciting time and I'll tell you more about it as time goes on.  We're building something from the ground up, so it's going to be a lot of work.  Bottom line - the old wb42 site is history after tonight.  I have family matters piled up this weekend, so posts will be sparse.  But, move on over to the new site and be ready for some fun!



 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Just A Little Fun Among Friends

Those White House News Conferences with Tony Snow.


In Heated Exchanges, Reporters Press Snow To Justify Iran Claims



At today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Tony Snow faced intense questioning over administration claims that Iranians have smuggled weapons into Iraq with “the approval of senior Iranian officials.” Yesterday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace seemed to contradict this claim, saying that he has not seen evidence that the Iranian government “clearly [...]



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Oh, Yeah

One more thing. Did you hear this story?


Another Republican Corruption Indictment



Federal grand jury indicts Foggo, Wilkes,A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued indictments against Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former high-ranking CIA official Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, [...]



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Missing Data And Missing Laptops

Who knows what evil lurks in the halls of the FBI?


FBI still losing laptops, weapons



The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost or had stolen 160 laptops in four years, including 10 with sensitive or classified information, and one containing personal information on FBI employees, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Justice inspector general. In addition, 160 weapons [...]



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Political Suicide

We have, indeed, been talking about this for darn near a full year now.  It's beginning to look like the early "conspiracy theories" are close to reality.


Cheney's Top Aid Says War With Iran "Real Possibility in '07"



As the Bush administration ratchets up pressure on Iran, Vice President Cheney's top national security aide has been quoted by the Washington Post - in the 10th paragraph on page A18 - that war with Iran is "a real possibility" this year: "Some senior administration officials still relish the [...]



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Philosophical Changes

Talk about a past that will come to haunt him.  Look at Mitt Romney's presidential chances.


GOPer Mitt Romney jumps in the race for the White House, hypocrisy and all



Today, former Massachusetts governor Mitt ‘more conservative today than yesterday‘ Romney, announced his Presidential plans- formally- in his home state of Michigan. In the former Republican governor’s 2,151 word speech, he mentioned the word “Massachusetts” only twice: he doesn’t want to remind conservative southern primary voters where he’s been active in politics for the last [...]



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A Blogger Calls It Quits

Even though her boss stood up for her, she just couldn't stay.


Edwards' Bigoted Blogger Resigns



Just when it mattered least, Amanda Marcotte resigned from the John Edwards campaign: "I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what’s right. Unfortunately, [...]



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Slip Of The Tongue

This is why I could never be a politician. One slip of the tongue and you get your words crammed right back down your throat. I'm still looking for the law that says politicians must be perfect.


Obama’s ‘waste’ gaffe



In New Hampshire over the weekend, Barack Obama told an audience that “we ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” It was a well-received comment [...]



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Monday, February 12, 2007

Let's All Sing

They won. They won big.  But...


Country Radio Refuses To Accept Dixie Chicks: Listeners Are "Outraged"



Country radio still isn't ready to make nice with the Dixie Chicks. With a haul of Grammys Sunday, the Texas trio topped their comeback from their 2003 Bush-bashing comment that turned them from superstars to pariahs -- but Music Row isn't welcoming them back into [...]



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All To Balance The Federal Budget

Cutting corners where corners should not be cut.


Bush plans more cuts to veterans' health care



The Bush administration plans to cut funding for veterans' health care two years from now - even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system. Bush is using the cuts, critics say, to help fulfill his pledge to balance the budget by 2012. After an increase sought for [...]



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Still Breaking News

Countdown is talking tonight about how the military is doing a bit of a turnaround on this story. I'll update with more details.  But, up until mid-day today, this was the story and the analysis.


Bush administration anonymously presents evidence against Iran



Bush administration officials have been hinting for weeks that they had quite a presentation to show reporters about Iranian meddling in the war in Iraq, and would provide proof just as soon as they could find some. I mean, as soon as they nailed down the details. Yes, that’s it. Yesterday, reporters in Iraq finally received [...]



UPDATE:  Here's the problem -


The White House’s Iran claims begin to fall apart



When Pentagon officials presented a 16-slide PowerPoint presentation to reporters Sunday in Baghdad, they did not imagine they would be on the defensive, only hours later. The briefing, reminiscent of many pre-Iraq war briefings, was highly unusual because the officials that conducted it refused to let reporters attach their names to the intel they were presenting. [...]



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Still Breaking News

Countdown is talking tonight about how the military is doing a bit of a turnaround on this story. I'll update with more details.  But, up until mid-day today, this was the story and the analysis.


Bush administration anonymously presents evidence against Iran



Bush administration officials have been hinting for weeks that they had quite a presentation to show reporters about Iranian meddling in the war in Iraq, and would provide proof just as soon as they could find some. I mean, as soon as they nailed down the details. Yes, that’s it. Yesterday, reporters in Iraq finally received [...]



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Ungodly Behavior

Life in prison would be bad, at best.  At worst, this:


What Goes On in Our Prisons



Human Rights Watch has issued a report on male-on-male prison rape in American prisons. As part of their research they solicited mail from prisoners. The following letter is the one they chose to open their report. Hat tip to Chrisopher Hayes. "I've been sentenced for a D.U.I. offense. My 3rd one. When I first came to prison, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly none of this. I'm a tall white male, who unfortunately has a small amount of feminine characteristics. And very shy. These characteristics have got me [...]



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